President Obama spoke today about voting rights at the annual National Action Network conference in New York City.
According to The Hill, President Obama told the audience that some Republicans are trying to make it harder for U.S. citizens to vote by passing laws requiring extra proof of identification (video below).
“So let's be clear, the real voter fraud is the people who try to deny our rights by making bogus arguments about voter fraud,” said Obama. “If your strategy depends on fewer people showing up to vote, that's not a sign of strength, it's a sign of weakness.”
“About 60% of Americans don’t have a passport,” stated Obama. “Just because you don’t have the money to travel abroad doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to vote here at home.”
TIME magazine noted that Obama then joked about his birth certificate.
“Just to be clear, I know where my birth certificate is, but a lot of people don’t,” Obama joked. “I think it’s still up on a website somewhere.”
“Do you remember that? That was crazy” added Obama. “That was some crazy stuff. I haven’t thought about that in a while.”